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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    https://apnews.com/article/mariupol-medic-body-camera-036cf9f28180e9525760d68bddbe4ee4 Footage from Mariupol smuggled inside a tampon. But I think they should've left that detail out of the article. Not because it makes harder to get more information out of the occupied areas, but because now...
  2. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Turkey bought S-400 missile system from Russia a while back, and that put it on US sanction list. Personally I think that US should just be more flexible and let Turkey keep it. But a more likely scenario is that the US will ease some of the sanctions, maybe let Turkey back into the F-35 program...
  3. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    It was admitted at a time when it was run by the military that kept religious nutters out of power. I can see how it made sense back then, given the Soviet threat and Turkey's strategic position. But now, Erdogan has dismantled the old guard and has appointed himself into a perpetual dictator...
  4. J

    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    Now he is backtracking: https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-05-18-22/h_0b7d64135cdbe9c4f184b075812ed2bb I guess Kodarenok has had a visit from FSB. :oops:
  5. J

    Is Crypto dying or just dropping for the moment?

    Or you could create new worker stocks out of thin air (much like cryptocurrency mining) at each transaction. That would dilute the value of all other stocks in circulation though.
  6. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    If the invasion, occupation, massacres, destruction of infrastructure, bombing of cities, denial of Ukraine as a real country, and all the other shit Russia has been up to for the past two months hasn't already done the trick, making the Azov fighters martyrs will hardly make a difference. I...
  7. J

    Is Crypto dying or just dropping for the moment?

    No currency is stable by that metric, because prices of goods also change relative to each other. Your future dollar is worth different amount depending on what you intend to use it for.
  8. J

    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    I think the only "face saving" move that the western leaders should be talking about is recognition of Crimea as Russian and reversing some of the sanctions, if Russia withdraws back to February 23rd borders. But it should also be coupled with a threat that if the war continues to the point that...
  9. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Russian negotiator and member of Duma is calling for the death penalty to the captured fighters: https://theprint.in/world/russian-lawmaker-wants-ukraines-azovstal-fighters-to-get-death-penalty/959817/ I think these guys are not going to be used for a prisoner swap. At least some of them will...
  10. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Israel isn't the only reason for Palestinian failure. But it is one reason. And Israel has no incentive to change that, because it wants the land that Palestinians are living on. The analogy to Russia-Ukraine conflict is similar in the sense that Russia wants Ukraine to be a failed state, so...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Palestinian problem is that they have no proper institutions, no sovereign country, and no leaders worth a damn. The choice is between corrupt PLO and religious terrorists, both with their own agenda that has nothing to do with what's good for the Palestinian people. That of course is fine by...
  12. J

    Somalia - Here we go again

    So what are they doing there exactly? Hunting down individual al-Shabaab members like a game of whack-a-mole? Or are they training Somalian military or police to deal with them?
  13. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Maybe they'll rename it McDonetsk's as a consolation prize for failing to take the Donetsk oblast in Ukraine.
  14. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Lavrov strikes again: His point, of course, is that westerners are hypocrites because they don't care about conflicts in Africa or the Middle East. This kind of rhetoric will resonate with some people. But it's bullshit. Instead of saying "look at the awful things USA/NATO/The West is doing...
  15. J

    Is Crypto dying or just dropping for the moment?

    That's a very good point. The Eurozone is already having problems with less competitive member states like Greeze being sucked dry because euro is too strong for their export industries, while countries like Germany benefit. As do EU states that kept their own currency, like Sweden or Poland. A...
  16. J

    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    They would've won even if their contestant was a pack of screaming ferrets. Ukrainian entry for 2007 is unforgettable too.
  17. J

    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    You're right! I just bought an S-300 missile defense system and two M777 howitzers on Ebay for a bargain price. Just waiting for delivery. :sneaky:
  18. J

    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    If I understood correctly, part of the reason for high casualties for the failed river crossing was that the group of tanks actually got over and into the village on the other side, before the pontoons were blown up. The Russian troops were then trapped on the wrong side of the river with no...
  19. J

    Is Crypto dying or just dropping for the moment?

    I think he meant yuan.
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